Sit comfortably, away from distractions. Listen to the sounds around you, and acknowledge them. Deepen your breathing.
Focus on God. Offer him your thanks and praise. Ask Him to guide and direct your day.
When it seems appropriate, read the passage of scripture set for the day.
Reflect on what you have read. Give God time to speak to you.
Ask: what can I learn from this passage about God’s grace and how to live as a follower of Christ?
Loving God, I offer myself to you: my mind – to imagine the possibilities of your kingdom; my eyes – to see the needs of others; my ears – to hear the cries of the world; my voice – to share the good news; my hands – to work in your service; my feet – to walk the path set before me; my heart – to love you above all things.
Grant me to know that which is worth knowing, to love that which is worth loving, to praise that which can bear with praise, to hate what in your sight is unworthy, to prize what to you is precious, and, above all, to search out and to do what is well-pleasing unto you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Thomas a Kempis C1380-1471)
This morning I pray for: my family and friends … those with whom I work … those who rely on me …
I pray for those in need … the sick… the lonely … the unloved …
I pray for those who are struggling to find a job … those who are in financial difficulty … those whose relationships are in turmoil …
I pray for … [any other needs]
O God, you are the light of the minds that know you, the life of the souls that love you, and the strength of the wills that serve you: help me to know you that I may truly love you, and so to love you that I may fully serve you, whom to serve is perfect freedom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Augustine of Hippo 354-430)
Be with us as we seek to follow in the footsteps of your Son. Grant us humility and prayerfulness that may attract many into your kingdom. Let our lives reflect the light of Christ and the hope of faith. In the name of your Son Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen